Patron institutions are crucial to the future of BGCI.
The world's largest botanic gardens support our work both financially and with in-kind donations. BGCI’s Patron Gardens include the largest, most influential gardens in the world, and are entitled to the following additional benefits:
• A seat on BGCI’s International Advisory Council
• Office space and office support when visiting London
• Preferential fund raising and project development activities
• The opportunity to speak at BGCI Congresses
• Invitations to BGCI special events
• A feature on BGCI’s website
We are delighted to have The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, United States Botanic Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, The Morton Arboretum, Missouri Botanical Garden, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden and Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanic Garden as our current Patron Gardens. These institutions act as key partners to BGCI and help to shape our programmes of work in a mutually beneficial way.
BGCI collaborates closely with the Missouri Botanical Garden in many aspects of our work. Most recently, Missouri hosted BGCI's 9th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens.
“The Missouri Botanical Garden is delighted to be a Patron Garden member of BGCI. The importance of BGCI’s work in networking botanic gardens worldwide for plant conservation cannot be over-stated and we are pleased therefore to play our part”. Peter Wyse-Jackson, President & CEO, MBG
BGCI 's head office is based at RBG, Kew. We also run the acclaimed International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education together and enjoy close collaboration in many other areas.
“BGCI does vital work in linking and supporting botanic gardens around the world and helping each of us to learn from our colleagues. Kew was a founder member of BGCI and is proud to be a patron member. It is a relationship of great value to us.” Richard Deverell, Director, RBG, Kew
Graduate students in Chicago Botanic Garden’s joint Plant Biology and Conservation graduate program with Northwestern University are helping to carry out our Care for the Rare project and helping to identify exceptional species in need of research and ex situ conservation efforts.
"The world's botanic gardens rely upon BGCI's global network to ensure that their important contributions to plant conservation are globally recognised and supported. The Chicago Botanic Garden has been an active member and strong supporter of BGCI since 1995, and is proud to now host its U.S. office." Sophia Shaw, President and CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, occupying a stunning position wrapped around a cove on the edge of Sydney Harbour is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. We work closely with the (Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand) BGANZ network, recently running the International Certificate in Botanic Garden Management in the Asia Pacific Region together.
“The United States Botanic Garden has been an active supporter of BGCI and is particularly thrilled to have worked with BGCI-US on conservation projects, seed collection, and an assessment of the threatened flora of North America. The work done globally by BGCI is so important to the conservation of the world’s flora. Here in the United States, BGCI-US provides leadership and coordination among botanic gardens and arboreta that is invaluable to all of us.” Holly Shimizu, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden- Washington DC.
Our U.S. office partnered with the United States Botanic Garden to create the Care for the Rare project, and following our collaborative North American Collections Assessment we continue to partner to build the content and quality or our PlantSearch database to support future assessments.
The Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) in Hong Kong became a Patron Member in 2013. Since 2003 KFBG has been involved in a scholarship programme for Chinese botanic garden staff, initiated in collaboration with BGCI.
The Morton Arboretum and BGCI have signed a Memorandum of Collaboration for tree conservation. The Morton Arboretum are very active supporters of the Global Trees Campaign, a joint initiative between BGCI and Fauna and Flora International to safeguard the world's threatened trees. The Morton Arboretum and BGCI host a joint position; a Global Tree Conservation Officer, appointed in 2014, and will be leading global red listing of Oaks and supporting other Global Trees Campaign activities.
"BGCI is recognized as the leading plant conservation organization in the world, supporting and coordinating the international network of botanic gardens and arboreta in concerted efforts to save plants from extinction" Gerard T. Donnelly, President and CEO The Morton Arboretum.